How to remove and replace an iPod battery

How to fix your iPod after getting it soaked in water

If you’ve found yourself wondering how to remove and replace an iPod battery then you’ve come to the right spot.

This is step 3 of How to fix your iPod after getting it soaked in water.

iPod Repair: HD-ectomyThe free tools came in pretty handy for removing the old battery. Apparently the battery is held in place by two lines of some pretty good adhesive.

So, I took the iPod tool from iFixIt and slowly rocked the battery back and forth around the edges until it was loose enough to grab with my fingers and pull out. Do this slowly and gently because there other ribbons running behind the battery that you don’t want to tear.

iPod Repair: Battery AdhesiveOnce the old battery was out of the way, I popped the new one in and began connecting the ribbon. As I’m attempting to connect the ribbon, I hear pops and see the screen start to glow bright white off and on again as the ribbon pins make their connection. Yes! It’s alive! (but does it have a brain?)

Fingers crossed, I plugged in the iPod to the computer and hit the Menu on the wheel. It works! Yes, yes, yes! I figured I didn’t want to push my luck, so I turn the iPod off to give it time to charge. The screen now shows:

DO NOT DISCONNECT and the big red “No” symbol.

iPod Repair: It Lives!I’ll let it charge, methinks. The only thing is, 9 hours later, the screen still looks the same. “Do not disconnect.” Well, crap. I decided to go and disconnect and see if the brain was in tact. I turn it on and after a few seconds of whirring and grinding there sits my entire music library. Booyuh!

I am so pumped that it was just the battery but now, I guess I’ll have to get back to that whole running thing. I’ll just make sure to avoid any pre-hurricane like weather.

Oh, happy day! The iPod is back!

Resurrecting the iPod

Resurrecting the iPod requires waiting for the parts to air out.

 I started by reconnecting the headphone ribbon to the circuit board and then the hard drive to the circuit board. Before connecting the battery ribbon, I decided to try and power up the iPod by connecting it to the computer just to see what would happen.

There was no shrieking and the screen was actually trying to communicate something! Score!

I don’t remember exactly what it was (because it vanished so quickly) but it was something along the lines of:

Battery dangerously low! DO NOT DISCONNECT.

Naturally, the pod thought the battery was low because it wasn’t connected. But the fact that the screen was working gave me hope. I connected the battery ribbon and then reconnected the iPod to the computer. And like a shot to the gut, the high pitch noise returned and nothing displayed on the screen.

So this is what I know at this point:

  • Screen – working
  • HD – unknown
  • Battery – dead

I decide to check on prices for iPod batteries and they are nowhere near as expensive as I thought they were going to be. I picked one up (plus free iPod opening tools) for about $15 at iFixIt’s store. I picked the 4-7 shipping but the battery got here in 3 days. Sweet.

How to fix your iPod after getting it soaked in water

How to fix your iPod after getting it soaked in water

My iPod got drenched in the rain and it would not respond to any interaction with the wheel. The only thing it would do is light up the screen with a dull white light and shriek this really high pitch frequently endlessly, but that was only if it was plugged in to the computer.  The goal of this article is to show you how to fix your iPod after getting it soaked in water. Continue reading